The Bank of Scotland Midnight League community football initiative is back in action for 2017 and will take place within more local areas than ever before.

Bank of Scotland Midnight League is a national network of five-a-side football for kids between the age of 12 and 16 now in its fourteenth year having been a project at the heart of communities within Scotland.

Scottish FA coaches run the sessions at local sports centers and other venues, usually on Friday and Saturday evenings, with teams competing in weekly leagues.

The aim of the programme is focused on improving the lifestyle of its young participants through encouragement of responsible behaviour and hence contributing to the development of safer and stronger communities.

The Midnight League has been changing the lives of thousands of Scottish kids for more than a decade. It gives them a fun and constructive diversion they can put their hearts, minds and bodies to. The kids who take part in Midnight League are making a positive choice to be part of something that teaches them life skills as well as football skills.

Former Scotland manager, Alex McLeish said: “The Bank of Scotland Midnight League is very special and I’ve been fortunate to have been involved for a number of years now, by helping raise awareness through the media and by coaching some of the young players. 

“The Midnight League has been leading the way for over 14 years and continues to grow each year – it’s testament to the Bank of Scotland’s on-going support and the commitment of the Scottish FA and also Cashback for Communities, local authorities, trusts and local police across Scotland.

“It is clearly making a difference to all the young people who take part.”

Click here to find your local Midnight League session